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Claiming the sea, seaing anthropology: more-than-human mobilities, fluid laws and ocean grabs 
Karin Ahlberg (University of Bremen)
Jasmine Iozzelli (University of Turin)
Emma Cyr (Stockholm University)
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Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This oceanic panel asks what a view from the sea with a focus on the major movements unfolding in our oceans - human and non-human mobility, sea grabs, and their concomitant regulations - teaches us about sedentary, capitalist and colonial legacies and logics in anthropology and beyond.

Long Abstract:

If anthropology were to burn, the sea is already on fire. Due to warming water, oceans are experiencing mass exodus of marine life and species “out of place.” While mobile species and migrant humans claim rights to belong elsewhere via the ocean, states, corporations, and environmental organizations lay their own claims: as a space of movement, capital accumulation, extractivism, and sea-grabbing, the sea becomes the front stage for new forms of expansion, control and bordering practices. Focusing on disparate movements currently unfolding in our oceans: human and non-human mobility, sea grabs, and their concomitant regulations, this panel traces nativist, capitalist and colonial legacies in anthropology and beyond.

Approached as archives of the past, oceanscapes and sealives provide new stories about the world we inherited from the colonial era. Through this colonial framework, early anthropology was dominated by a terracentric and anthropocentric gaze, viewing humans and non-humans as sedentary subjects. While the 1990s “mobility turn” challenged this paradigm when it came to humans, oceans continued to be treated as transit spaces, not as social worlds made up by moving people and sea creatures. Water cannot easily be fenced, owned, territorialized or captured. A focus on attempts to regulate and control the sea, mobilites and resources through governance or ocean grabs teaches us how the logics of capture and control underpinning colonialism and capitalism have been premised on the qualities of land, and are being rescripted for the element of water.

A view from the sea is a sea for the viewer.

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -